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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Real Estate isn't from California, but it was hard to tell that at the first of the band's two sold-out shows at the Independent. Its sound — that bittersweet California sunset jangle — thrummed out into the packed house,…
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Music, Girl Talk's Greg Gillis Says Irony Is a Waste

Girl Talk's Greg Gillis Says Irony Is a Waste

At the center of the stage is a sweaty dude leaning intently over a laptop. Surrounding him is a forest of half-naked young people writhing to a mix of Notorious B.I.G. rapping over Elton John's "Tiny Dancer." This is the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fair Use

Fair Use

From a legal perspective, Girl Talk is remarkable — he isn't in jail. To us, it means copyright laws will never be the same, that they have in fact already changed and are just waiting for everybody to notice, like…
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Music, Electronic acts trade laptops for live bands

Electronic acts trade laptops for live bands

It seems like only yesterday that everybody wanted to be a DJ, or at least to have one in his band. This trend peaked in the late '90s, the era that begat the godawful fusion of rap and rock. Frosted-tip…
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Music, BeatBox Feeding Frenzy

Feeding Frenzy

It feels like '96 all over again: Hip-hop–informed producer composes sonic collages from hundreds of uncleared samples across myriad genres to much acclaim. Only this time it isn't DJ Shadow's Endtroducing ... making noise but Gregg Gillis, better known as…
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Calendar, Night&Day Feeding Frenzy

Feeding Frenzy

It feels like ’96 all over again: Hip-hop–informed producer composes sonic collages from hundreds of uncleared samples across myriad genres to much acclaim. Only this time it isn’t DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing … making noise but Gregg Gillis, better known as…
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Music, Gab On

Gab On

It's been a bit of a hectic year for Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk. Six years ago, the Pittsburgh native started work under this moniker in college, constructing albums that relied heavy on samples as their creative force. Now that…
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